Reducing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining: a practical guide

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English
2012

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This practical guide provides an overview of the use of mercury in gold mining and discusses ways to minimise use and contact with mercury.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Těžba neželezných rud
Provider: 
United Nations Environment Programme
Tasks covered: 
Handling Chemicals
Mining or Quarrying
Smelting and Casting Metal
Hazard - physical state: 
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Chemicals used in gold mining.

Mercury, Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous, Potassium nitrate, Nitric acid;

CAS Number: 
7439-97-6
1303-96-4, 1330-43-4, 12179-04-3
7440-09-7, 7757-79-1
7697-37-2, 7697-37-3
EC number: 
231-106-7
215-540-4
231-818-8
231-714-2
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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